Friday, May 16, 2014

Did You Know

The average gardener spends about $70 on a 600 sq ft garden and reaps about $530 in return!

It can take a few years to build your soil, but start a garden now and enjoy fresh wholesome food you can serve with pride.  Gardening is good for the soul and will bring joy to your life as you learn each year how to do it better.    Gardening promotes good physical and mental health.

Worms break up that rough, dense layer of dead grass, stems and root call thatch in your lawn. Thatch blocks the flow of nutrients and water.

It will be difficult to deny the probability that every particle of earth... has pasted through the intestines of worms - Charles Darwin

Worms eat the nematodes that feed on roots.  Unchecked the cause yellowing, wilting and bare patches in your lawn.

There is often 5 times more nitrogen in soil with worms.

Soil with worms will have as much as 7 times more phosphate, and 11 times more potassium.

P N K - Nitrogen Potassium, and Phosphate are the major nutrient requirement of plants

Worms eat harmful bacteria, fungi, and microbes while increasing the amount of beneficial microbes.

Worms fertilize the soil with their waste. Worm castings are more nutrient rich than the soil initially consumed.

Worms are the intestines of the earth - Aristotle

Keep your worms fed by creating an earthworm stack of leaves, kitchen scrapes and other vegetation.   Leave grass clippings on the lawn after mowing and be careful with the pesticides and herbicides you use.  They often kill worms.

Did you know that the 'inactive ingredients' found in pesticides are often 1000 times more toxic than the 'principal active ingredient', and tests done on just one ingredient are often not as toxic as the combination of ingredients.  This presents a false sense of safety.

Roundup was found in this experiment to be 125 times more toxic than glyphosate. Moreover, despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions -
European Environment Agency. EEA Report.Copenhagen, Denmark: European Environment Agency; 2013. Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation.

Fungicides were the most toxic from concentrations 300–600 times lower than agricultural dilutions, followed by herbicides and then insecticides, with very similar profiles in all cell types. Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested.

Chronic tests on pesticides may not reflect relevant environmental exposures if only one ingredient of these mixtures is tested alone.

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